Stella by Starlight - Jazz standard guitar arrangement
"Stella by Starlight" is a jazz standard written by Victor Young and featured in The Uninvited, a 1944 film. Originally played in the film as an instrumental theme song without lyrics.
The mother of all jazz standards? Certainly one of the greatest, I have been requested to post an arrangement of this tune since my earliest days on YouTube, here it finally is, "Stella by Starlight". This was an unplanned post (believe it or not, moments earlier I was working/planning on "Overkill" by Men At Work) and on reflection it's pretty short, but maybe it was meant to be that way...
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"Stella by Starlight" is one of the most popular standards, ranked number 10 by the website jazzstandards.com. Its May 1947 recording by Harry James and his orchestra reached the 21st place in the pop charts. Two months later, the recording by Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl and his orchestra also rose to the 21st position.
Charlie Parker, playing alto saxophone, made the first jazz recording of the song in January 1952, which was shortly followed by a tenor sax version by Stan Getz (December 1952), a piano version by Bud Powell, and a rendition by the big band of Stan Kenton, which featured bass trombonist George Roberts. Nat King Cole recorded an instrumental version for his 1955 album The Piano Style of Nat King Cole.
Other instrumental versions were played by Miles Davis, which first appeared on 1958 Miles, Earl Grant, Joe Pass, Royce Campbell, and Dexter Gordon and vocal versions sung by Billy Eckstine, Dick Haymes, Ray Charles, Anita O'Day, Helen Reddy, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. Al Hirt released a version on his 1961 album, The Greatest Horn in the World and was also featured on his greatest hits album, The Best of Al Hirt. In 1993, guitarist Larry Coryell covered the song on his album Fallen Angel.